Surfing Manly

Surfing Manly


Manly is one of Sydney's best destinations for surfers of all levels with a variety of breaks along the 3km beach from Shelly Beach and South Steyne at the Southern end through to Queenscliff at the North end.
Updated: Aug 17 2022

Manly Surf Spots

Manly is one of Sydney's best destinations for surfers of all levels with a variety of breaks at the 3km beach from Shelly Beach and South Steyne at the Southern end through to Queenscliff at the North end. This stretch is where you will find most people surfing a variety of beach breaks. Level is dependent on swell size, direction and sand banks. 

Queenscliff

The Queenscliff end usually receives more of the Southerly swell and has bigger waves. There are usually good beach breaks here with spread out peaks. At the very Northern end, a left can form off the rocks with a fast steep takeoff into a somewhat short lived ride. On huge swells, you will see start to see the elusive Bombie about 1km out from Queenscliff.

North Steyne

Right in front of the North Steyne Surf Lifesaving Club there is usually a permanent rip and consistent beach breaks.

South Steyne

Most beginners tend to stay around South Steyne area as the waves are usually smaller and they don’t tend to wander to far from the corso. In very big swells, right handers can form at the point in front of the South Steyne club house. 

Fairy Bower & Winkipop

In the right conditions with a large swell, Fairy Bower is the wave at the tip of the headland. One of the best waves in Manly, the Bower is a quality right hander which peels for a long distance losing steam as it goes into the channel. Crowded when it’s working. Further out is Winkipop which requires a steep take off in front of the rock shelf and a fast hollow ride. Good surfers can connect the two waves if they don’t get dropped in on. Access is via semi long paddle from Shelley Beach or Halfway beach. When the swell is huge and Manly is closed out, the point break morphs into a steep barrelling ride of your life. 

Deadmans

On the other side of the headland is Deadmans - Manly’s own big wave spot. In absolutely huge swells this board breaking monster starts to spew barrels daring the bravest of chargers from all over Sydney. A steep takeoff into a barrel with a sneaky ledge that threatens to pitch you into the chasm. Blow it and you might get dragged along the reef. Make the wave and earn the adulations of the crowd sitting up on the cliff face.

South Steyne
surf spot,beach
South Steyne, Manly, NSW
Queenscliff
surf spot,beach
Queenscliff, NSW 2092
Deadman's
surf spot
Manly NSW
North Steyne
surf spot,beach
N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Winkipop
surf spot
Manly NSW
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Travelling to Manly

Travelling surfers will find Manly a good place to base yourself. There are lots of activities like snorkelling Cabbage Tree Bay, SUPing the harbour and the city is just a short scenic ferry ride away. From Manly, Freshwater Beach is a walkable distance and a bus service runs all the way to Palm Beach at the top most point of the Northern Beaches.


Manly Surf Lessons / Schools

There are a couple of operators at Manly for group and one on one lessons catering to all skill levels.

Manly Surf School
surf school
93/95 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Manly Surf Guide
surf guide
27/8 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia

Manly Surf Shops

Plenty of big name surf shops in the Corso as well as independent shops scattered around Manly.

Check out: Complete List of Manly Surf Shops

Manly Longboard Co
surf shop
42 Sydney Rd, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Patagonia Manly
surf shop
24 Darley Rd, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Dripping Wet Surf Co.
surf shop,surf hire
2/93-95 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Manly Surfboards
surf shop,surf hire,sup hire
52 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Aloha Manly Style
surf shop
44 Pittwater Rd, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Deus Ex Machina Manly
surf shop,cafe
Shop 1/18 Raglan St, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Misfit World Meets Manly
surf shop
1/195 Pittwater Rd, Manly NSW 2095
Sideways Brookvale
surf shop
575 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
Manly Surfboard Repairs
surf shop
B12/1 Campbell Parade, Manly Vale NSW 2093, Australia
Rip Curl Manly
surf shop
Unit 98/100 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095, Australia

Manly Surf Hire / Rentals

Dripping Wet and Manly Surf located opposite the beach do rentals. In the Corso, the Rip Curl shop rents out boards by the hour. On summer weekends, there is a surfboard rental service operating on the beach at South Steyne.

Manly Surfboards
surf shop,surf hire,sup hire
52 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Dripping Wet Surf Co.
surf shop,surf hire
2/93-95 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Rip Curl Manly
surf shop
Unit 98/100 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Manly Beach Hire
surf hire
Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Manly Surf Guide
surf guide
27/8 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia

Manly Shapers

Brookvale next to Manly was an epicenter of the East coast surfboard industry. Today, its a base for well known and respected shapers.

MG Surfboards
surf shop,shaper
4/527 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
Sculpt Surfboards
surf shop,shaper
9b/106 Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
Psillakis Surfboard
surf shop,shaper
42 Orchard Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia

Things to do in Manly

Manly's corso is a hub of activity where you can find cafes, restaurants and surf shops and more. Pay a visit to the Hotel Steyne or 4 Pines for a pint or one of the many beachside restaurants for happy hour drinks. Manly's Harbour side and along the pier are lots of options for winding down the day. Along Marine parade, the boathouse at Shelley beach and The Bower are local favourites.Good places for a pre / post surf coffee include Rollers who make damn fine croissants, Little Belgrave cartel and Deus Ex Machina Manly surf shop cum roadside cafe. In the Northern end Jellyfish and Kazzi Beach Greek behind the North Steyne club are good for a cuppa. For takeaways, the Manly Point Kiosk is a local favourite at the South Steyne surf lifesaving club. Little L is a takeaway joint known around Sydney beaches for their grilled chicken burgers within stumbling distance to the beach.


Check out our Manly Beach Guide.

4 Pines Manly
restaurant,pub
29/43-45 E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Rollers Bakehouse
cafe
19 Rialto Ln, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Little Belgrave Cartel
cafe
42 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Kazzi Beach Greek Manly
cafe,restaurant
Shop Shop 4/93-95 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Deus Ex Machina Manly
surf shop,cafe
Shop 1/18 Raglan St, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Manly Point Cafe
cafe
Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Hotel Steyne
restaurant,pub
75 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Daniel San
restaurant
55 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Jellyfish
cafe,restaurant
5/93/95 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia

Access to Manly

Ferry

Regular ferries between Manly & Circular Quay

Bus

Bus Terminal at the Manly Jetty

Driving

There is paid parking all along the beach and free 2 hour parking at the local council car park, everywhere else is ticketed.



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